LIGNA rides the new business climate, debuting new digitalisation and thematic layout

The global leading tradeshow for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber industries will open its doors from the 22nd to 26th of May in Hannover, Germany. Over these five days, an estimated 1,500 exhibitors representing 49 nations will use the show as a platform to display an abundance of marvellous innovations.

“Given the current business climate in the wood industry, the growing wave of digitalisation and our revamped thematic layout, we are looking forward to a very successful LIGNA this year,” Global Director of LIGNA and Woodworking Events at Deutsche Messe, Christian Pfeiffer, said. “The show has experienced the first significant rise in booked space in several years, and we have already outstripped the final figure for the most recent stating of LIGNA, in 2015. LIGNA 2017 will occupy 128,000 m² (more than 1,377,700 ft²) of display space. And it will profile products and solutions in the display categories of Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production, Surface Technology, Wood Based Panel Production, Sawmill Technology, Energy from Wood, Machine Components and Automation Technology, and Forestry Technology – all intelligently grouped in a new technology-centric layout. The revamped layout has been extremely well received by our exhibitors and has triggered a significant upswing in rented space. A key change in 2017 is that the hall layout is more in keeping with the technological convergence between small woodworking workshops and large industrial processors. Visitors can expect a wealth of innovations and a world-unique [line-up] of machines and complex plant and equipment, including live demonstrations. There’s also a supporting programme of conferences and forums in which luminaries of the woodworking and timber processing industries will present and debate future-defining trends.”

Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, the organisers of LIGNA, can trace their optimistic inclinations to the dynamic technological landscape, the upward trend the wood industry has witnessed in many parts of the world, as well as the increasing wave of digitalisation – all this can be seen reflected in the trade fair’s new layout.

Integrated manufacturing and digitalisation are transforming machines, tools, and systems utilised in the woodworking and timber processing factories, and these are shown in the themes for this year’s show. Keynote themes for LIGNA 2017 include Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, and Smart Factory. These are the names and faces of an entirely new generation of technologies that will enable users of all types to realise greater productivity and efficiency and become more competitive than ever before.

In addition to paving the road ahead in the field of digitalisation in all sectors of the wood industry, the Weinig Cube Prize Draw is also set to be held in LIGNA 2017.